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Second Chance San Diego to host 20th anniversary celebration

SAN DIEGO -- Angie was born addicted to heroin. By the time she was 16 she and her mother were shooting up together. For the next 20 years Angie was in and out of prison for using and selling drugs. Her daughter was born in prison and quickly put up for adoption. The last time Angie got out of jail she was 36 years old, had very little education, no skills and no hope. She said, “I didn’t know what I was going to do, I just didn’t want to be a junkie anymore.”

Angie needed a second chance.

San Diego Second Chance creates opportunities for people to transform their own lives by providing job readiness and life skills training, job placement services, and affordable housing for the homeless and unemployed, including recovering addicts and ex-cons like Angie. In simple terms that means if you are committed to making a positive change in your life, whether you come from homelessness, incarceration, a history of addiction or you’re just some guy who made a wrong turn in life and hit a wall, Second Chance can give you the skills, support and resources you need to find and keep a job.

For 20 years we’ve been recognized by our community and many government agencies as the best at what we do. For example, did you know that 7 out of 10 people who “graduate” from prison return within a year? On the other hand, 7 out of 10 people who graduate from Second Chance are in jobs in three months. Isn’t it better to invest in putting people into jobs, rather than putting people back into jail?

After Angie graduated, the only job she could get was bagging groceries. But nine months later she was an apprentice in the meat department and now Angie is a manager and the highest paid union employee at Vons La Jolla.

Second Chance gets people into jobs. We help people regain their self respect. And it all starts with an investment from people who care … people like you.

If you would like to invest in Second Chance, you are cordially invited to attend the 20th Anniversary Celebration, which is our largest fundraising event of the year. The event is a celebration and retrospective of the accomplishments of Second Chance in the community. It will be held at the University of San Diego Hahn Forum on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 5-9 pm.

The evening will begin with a special pre-event VIP reception for all sponsors and VIP ticket holders featuring complimentary cocktails, wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Following the reception, guests will enter the silent auction area to view and bid on a wide variety of auction items, including art, jewelry, home décor items and gift certificates to numerous local merchants and service providers. Guests will then be ushered into the main dining room for a sit-down dinner.

The program will feature a brief review of the organization’s history and accomplishments by Executive Director Robert Coleman and Board Chair Bennet Greenwald, followed by a re-enactment of an actual Second Chance graduation with successful alumni recreating their graduation speeches and poems. Even Angie will be there recounting the moving story of her life struggles and her ultimate personal and professional success as a result of her time at Second Chance.

Following the “graduation” ceremony our MC will conduct the live auction. The live auction features the unique opportunity for guests to bid on lunch with District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff William Gore and Chief of Police William Lansdowne, all of whom serve on the Second Chance Board of Directors, along with other exciting and unique items. A live DJ will provide music for dancing following the program.

For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Trisha Gooch, Director of Development and Community Relations at 619-839-0950; tgooch@secondchanceprogram.org.

More information about Second Chance is HERE.